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1Beauty and cosmetic brand, Shiseido has launched a new television ad featuring Lady Gaga, which is just beautiful and inspiring.

With a message of “Be yourself’” the advertisement shows the singer in her own NYC apartment, with her dog and her real-life friends. The video starts with bare- faced Gaga, and then she is seen getting ready with foam rollers in her hair. Next, she is playing with her pup and then she goes out in the night for a concert with wilder look wearing blonde wig, some red lipstick and some fringe eyebrow jewelry.

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1Designer Alexanader Wang and fashion house Balenciaga have decided to their part their ways.

According to market sources, American designer, who signed on as creative director of the French fashion house would not be renewing his contract with Balenciaga parent company Kering. Wang will present his last collection for the company at the spring 2016 Paris show which is slated for this October.

Balenciaga got increased visibility since the 31-year-old took the reins a few years back and showed double-digit growth. But according to speculations Wang’ wanted to put focus, more time and energy on his namesake label.

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An1imal rights group, PETA recently made an interesting move to pressurize the French luxury company, Hermes to stop using alligator and crocodile skins.

The US wing of the organisation brought a single share worth about $360 on the Paris bourse. This is a tiny stake but will give them the advocacy group access to shareholder meetings and a new pressure tactic it can use.

PETA Executive Vice President has stated that they will be campaigning outside the company, and, as a shareholder they will be working from the inside to demand a ban on exotic animal–skin accessories, including crocodile-skin bags and alligator-skin watchbands.

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1Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI) and Gucci announced the 2015 grant recipients for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund for production and finishing finances, along with year-round support and guidance, to feature-length documentary films that highlight and humanize critical domestic and international social issues.

Ten projects have been selected from 540 submissions to receive a total of $150,000 in grants, to be administered by TFI. Now in its eighth year, the fund has supported 64 films and provided more than $1 million in grants.

This year, the AOL Charitable Foundation joins the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund to present grants to four filmmakers whose documentaries illuminate the lives of women and youth around the globe, and spotlight the ways they are working to improve their communities and futures.

The grantees were selected by a jury comprised of: Filmmaker Rachel Boynton (BIG MEN, OUR BRAND IS CRISIS), Common, Filmmaker Gia Coppola (PALO ALTO), Dyllan MCGEE (Founder & Executive Producer of MAKERS and McGee Media), Charlie Phillips (Head of Documentaries, The Guardian), and Debbie Zimmerman (Executive Director, Women Make Movies).

 

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Ri Ritu Kumar, winter festive campaign for 2015, has a beautifully crafted story that weaves through the festivities surrounding a ‘Wedding’. Conceptualized by Amrish Kumar and photographed by Farrokh Chothia, the campaign has been shot in the stunning Sujan Singh Palace, Jaipur.

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The campaign portrays the cast of the most important women in an Indian wedding, the mother of bride and groom, bride and her sister. In true Ritu Kumar aesthetic, the campaign is elegant and beautiful without being loud. The images have been laced with a quirky tongue in cheek humor which almost coaxes you to imagine the dynamics between these women.

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Featuring choreographer Vidyun Singh as the mother of the bride, a special appearance by Simar Duggal after a long hiatus as the groom’s mother, PoojaMor, the new New York sensation as the blushing bride and Mariette, a bright new face on the fashion scene as the young sister, the campaign brings together the vibrance and grandeur of a true ‘Ritu Kumar’ style wedding.

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Review

Advocating the idea of making Indian wear experimental and forward thinking Gaurav Gupta couture show worked on the anatomical make up of the body. His collection “Silt and Cipher” gave form and definition to Indian silhouettes – playing with layering, drama, intricate embroideries and flowing fabrics as if each grain of silt reflects from its surface.

Sewing itself along those lines were the cinched waist, recurring peplum, many tiered skirts and costumesque volume ensembles make their appearance on the ramp. There was an extensive play of tone on tone and botanical renderings of roots and oceansto make gowns, sari gowns and lehenga gowns seems emerging out of elements. Structure and drapes were juxtaposed throughout in Oil Blue, Glare silver, withered peach, nude and tipsy gold.

pics by – vidushi Gupta 

 

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‘Like fruits ripening of a tree, like peacocks dancing over a flowery bed…’ Rahul Mishra’s first ever couture collection at AICW proved as to why he won the International Woolmark Prize. Inspired by the multitasking modern woman, this collection had a certain delicateness and airiness that went hand in hand with the effortless craftsmanship seen on each and every garment. Floor-length gowns were tiered with truckloads of threadwork interwoven onto delicate Chanderis and dainty mul muls. There was a perfect contradiction between the handloom textiles and the sharp tailoring, which included biker jackets, often built up or zippered at the end. Pearly white kurtas with asymmetric cutouts were worn over voluminous A-line lehengas, gathered at the waist with a silk-elasticated cummerbund. Floor-sweeping capes were carefully appliquéd with strands of gold brocade as each one was worn over a long tunic and a pair sheer palazzo pants. Flowery motifs as well as that of peacocks were embroidered onto the glitzy garments that came in muted tones of off-white, mustard, beige, purple and hints of jet black. Hand woven Banarasi saris were draped over a chiffon tulle jumper or a lightweight crop top. And you could see the elaborate craftsmanship done by the karigars as Japenese-like shift skirts, often containing a thigh-high slit, were patch worked with a gold embroidered brocade border. From peplum jackets to zippered bombers, each one was paired with a gold Maheshwari lehenga skirt that swayed across the runway like an ancient Victorian gown. Whether it were the contemporary elements put together for a modern-age bride or Rahul’s aggressive design aesthetic, this collection didn’t fail as he definitely revived India’s untouched craftsmanship to produce newer elements into his design repertoire.

Contributed by – Duhin Ganju

pics by – vidushi Gupta 

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2Fashion designer Stella McCartney has launched a new version of her perfume Stella from 2003.The new fragrance Stella Eau de Toilette is about a natural confidence that is also youthful and radiant.

Stella Eau de Toilette contains the same notes of amber and rose as the original, but includes additional accords of frozen lemon, mandarin, freesia, peony and violet leaf. It opens with fresh mandarin and frozen lemon, balanced with watery tones of freesia to create a soft, dewy feeling. The floral heart of Bulgarian rose essence with crunchy violet leaves and delicate peony petals, brings a freshness to the fragranc, while amber gris base notes reveal a masculine undertone.1

Perfume bottle is kept the original, but this time instead of the rich purple tones, it has acquired a pink tint and a polka dot print.  It is available in 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette.