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Glitterati step out for Beirut Fashion Week

Le 21 avril 2017, 05:50 dans Mode 0

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Beirut Fashion Week opened early this week, ushering in what the organizers say is one of the biggest international events hosted in Lebanon and the region. Local and international designers and brands have been showcasing their latest collections since the preopening event Monday evening.

BFW’s preopening at Forum de Beyrouth was a melting pot that brought together Prime Minister Saad Hariri, MP Strida Geagea, the glitterati of the fashion crowd, TV presenters and actors.

“Since 2015, Beirut Fashion Week has been providing a platform for emerging and well-known fashion designers to showcase their work,” Samantha Fadlallah, chief executive officer at L.I.P.S. Management – one of two organizers of the event – said.

BFW, the organizers say, is held as a reaffirmation of Beirut’s status as the fashion industry’s gateway to the Arab world.

Monday, local designers Paolo Bongia and Amal Azhari presented their collections.

Throughout the week numerous other designers will send their work down the catwalks until the closing ceremony on April 22.

Fadlallah told The Daily Star that BFW encourages Lebanese designers to exhibit their work here at home instead of only seeking international success. “[And that’s] to prove that the Lebanese are still able to produce beauty, despite everything that they’ve been through,” she said.

Zeina Saad, a fashion lover who attended the opening ceremony, said that she came in service of a higher cause. “[I am here] to promote and support all cultural activities in Lebanon,” Saad told The Daily Star.

For others, BFW was the perfect venue to get a peek at the trends being showcased by the fashion industry for the coming seasons.

“I love attending fashion shows and following up on the latest fashion trends,” Aya Sbeity – a high school student dressed in an elegant off-the-shoulder white dress – told The Daily Star.

Before the preopening ceremony began, fashionably dressed women glided across the red carpet while photographers from local and international media outlets snapped photos.

Fashion personality Olfat Mounzer attended the red carpet event in a black and white maxi dress, with the phrase “Love is blind” emblazoned across the front.

Image consultant Ghina Ghandour was also there in a two-piece black dress, accompanied by businessman Tony Abou Ghazaly.

TV presenter Hilda Khalife looked casually chic in a white and black dress by Marmar Halim and a bag by Beirut-based boutique Sarah’s Bag.

The celebrity lineup also included actress Stephanie Saliba, who was dressed by fashion stylist and beauty consultant Khalil Zein and looked dazzling in a multicolored striped dress and knee-length black boots.

The jovial crowd milled into the Forum de Beyrouth as journalists industriously took selfies, uploading them to social media channels.

“I am very excited to see all our hard work unspool before our eyes,” Cynthia Fadlallah, operations analyst at L.I.P.S., told The Daily Star Monday.

BFW continued Tuesday with designers such as Maison Roula and Abed Mahfouz showing their collections. Mahfouz showcased his spring/summer 2017 collection of evening gowns and dresses. The collection electrified the stage with its soft and edgy colors, reflecting the true spirit of the vibrant seasons the clothes are intended for.

A knee-length baby blue evening dress was the perfect choice for an engagement or a wedding. The soft color had a touch of luxy-chic with beading, lace and a plunging neckline.

Another choice offering from Mahfouz for those on the hunt for evening gowns: an off-the-shoulder beige dress with a beaded bodice.

The collection didn’t settle for a subdued palette, with Mahfouz – as in previous collections – including dashes of vibrant color.

Intense hues showed up in looks ranging from a sea-green gown with ruffles and a keyhole neckline, to an orange embellished gown, to a yellow dress with an embroidered neckline. Black dresses rounded out the collection, some bedecked with colored floral patterning. A ruffled wedding dress was a beautiful option for the 2017 bride.Read more at:evening gowns

6 street markets Sonam must take Gigi Hadid to when she visits India next week

Le 19 avril 2017, 05:24 dans Mode 0

Picture courtesy: Instagram/ Sonam Kapoor|Gigi Hadid (Photo:evening dresses)

For those who don't know, currently one of world's most renowned supermodels, Gigi Hadid, is coming to India end of this month. What brings her to India, you ask? Well, Hadid's collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger,TommyXGigi spring 2017, is making all the right kind of noise across the globe, so why should India not join the celebration, right?

And any guesses who Hadid will be chilling with while in Mumbai? Who else but India's very own fashionista, Sonam Kapoor!

Hadid and Kapoor will reportedly, greet their fans at Mumbai's Palladium Mall post which, they'll address a press conference at the St Regis Hotel on April 27.

While it's rather wishful and laughable to think Hadid will actually find time to venture out and discover India, one can always give her the option, (and write a piece of fiction in the bargain) right?

Of course Sonam and Gigi are known for their high-end fashion choices but those who've explored the street markets in India know mighty well how big a treasure trove they are. So here's a list of India's most affordable and eclectic street markets Hadid (and you) should probably get a whiff off:

1. Colaba Causeway: Colaba Causeway is one big party. From brass jewellery and clothes to shoes and other accessories--Colaba houses it all. Stroll around, get your hands on the latest fashion and basically be content with life.

2. Sarojini Nagar: Dirt cheap fashion that seems anything but that. With merely Rs 2000 in your pocket, be assured you're going to come home with more than a few packets of clothes and other things. Latest fashion trends take a new shape in Delhi's Sarojini Nagar and allow you to embrace all things stylish without costing you a bomb.

3. Linking Road: This particular market in Mumbai houses fashion for all pocket sizes. From high-end boutiques to duplicate-yet-realistic versions of those oufits your favourite movie star wore, Linking Road is your saviour.

4. Lajpat Nagar: A heaven for textile lovers, Lajpat Nagar might be a strenuous experience but is totally worth it. Not just material of every shape and colour, Lajpat is also ideal for those willing to furnish their house from the scratch.

5. Hill Road: Scarves, nightwear, blingy outfits, Indianwear--what doesn't Mumbai's Hill Road have? Wait, don't answer that for it has everything your shopping-craved hearts have been dreaming off.

6. Janpath: It might just be one long stretch of crammped up stalls, but Janpath is a hit among students in Delhi who dig affordable fashion and accessories besides also being fond of quaint lamps, lanterns, mirror among other things. And if you happen to get tired with all the venturing around turn to DePauls and have that sinful cold coffee.

Of course there are many more street markets that are waiting for Gigi, Sonam and your exploits but then, let's just make do with these.Read more at:marieaustralia

Bodmin farmer and beauty queen Celena Wolfe is named Miss Galaxy UK 2017

Le 17 avril 2017, 09:51 dans Mode 0

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Celena Wolfe is a farmer, an equestrian coach and is now the new Miss Galaxy UK.

The 34 year old lives and works in a farm near St Tudy and leads a somewhat double life as a model and beauty queen.

She said: "I am a real country girl. I love my farming, dogs and horses. But who doesn't like to get glammed up every once in a while too?"

As Miss Galaxy Cornwall, she vyed for the UK title with 35 other contestants from all over England, Scotland and Wales.

Now she is bringing home the county's first national beauty pageant win for more than 40 years, as last time was in 1975 when Penzance Sharon Jermyn was crowned Miss Britain.

If her regular job is not enough, Celena has made some 32 appearances as Miss Cornwall Galaxy and raised more than £2,000 for UK-based leading cancer hospital The Christie over the past year.

She said she is only too aware of all the hard work that goes into being involved in pageantry.

"Most people are shocked at the amount of time, effort and dedication that goes into a competition for the whole year leading up to it", she explained.

"And then if you are lucky enough to win, a whole year after too. It's full of charity work, making appearances and bringing awareness.

"The gowns and strutting about on stage is just one day in those two years. We have a saying in pageantry, 'If you want a crown, buy one. If you want to lead and inspire, earn one'."

It is not the first beauty pageant that Celena has won, as she has been crowned Miss South West, Miss County of Cornwall and Miss South West England Beach Body in the past.

This summer she will be swapping her wellies for her heels once more after winning a once in a lifetime trip to the US to compete for the Ms. Galaxy International crown in Orlando, Florida.

According to Celena this is only the beginning.

She said: "It's a dream come true. I've been working for this for two years. But this is where the hard work really begins!

"Galaxy, run by New York born Maria Torres, is the sixth biggest pageant system in the world and I intend to do the UK, and of course Cornwall proud!"Read more at:pink formal dresses

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