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Celebrity Fashion Tips For Women

The Indian fashion industry is leaving no stone unturned to position themselves amongst the best designers of the world. Looking back at the history of head gears, one will realise that these are very much in trend on the Indian runways as are in the European fashion industry. “Accessories tell the best stories….be it the belt, bag or headgear. Clothing have a universal influence, the difference in each culture of time frame can only be justified by the styling or the accessories.” This is what the ace designer Suneet Verma has to say when we asked him about the latest trend of larger than life headgears on Indian runways.

Nida Mahmood whose collection, ‘High on Chai’ made big news because of the larger than life headgears said, They are set according to the mood of the collection. Since my collection was targeting the common man, I portrayed headgears like black crow, tea kettle; etc.” Most designers confessed that the whole idea behind these huge and grand headgears is to weave the collection well. It enhances the look of the collection and helps to tell a story. But few of them also accepted that these act as a perfect visual treat when seen on the ramp and create a style statement of sorts.

Theses massive designs are not only creating waves among the famed designers but are also impressing budding designers. Props always add that extra zing to the whole collection. Varun Bahl commented, “I showcased headgears in my couture collection. I would say, the credit for these innovative headgears goes to Little Shilpa (accessory designer)”. Sometimes the ideas are totally freakish when it comes to headgears. There was a time when designers used to have fun creating awkward shoes and hats and now it looks like theyve changed their vision and moved on with odd ones.

Suneet Verma throws caution to the wind, It’s important to be true to your inspiration and be very well researched in the kind of accessories and headgear one wants to show…because it can be misleading for the audience. Also never use headgear for the sake of it, it has to work in balance with the garment and compliment it”. The designers who have brought in this trend have diverse option when it comes to making large and huge headgears. They can go really wild while hunting for the techniques and materials to create those amazing head pieces, “the best material would be one that is gentle to sculpt and mould and wouldn’t be too heavy as it can be uncomfortable for the model” directed Suneet. Materials can range from a kettle, a telephone, newspaper crafted in any shape, usage of beads, feathers, Indian jewellery pieces, trays, vibrant handmade sheets, biscuit packets, jute ropes, cardboards, wires, colourful threads, aluminium glasses and many more.

Though we see a lot of experiments with the headgears on the ramp, how do the models cope with these huge creations on their head? Nida Mahmood opines, “I don’t think, they have any problem, in fact I think models are very much open to new experiments and creations. Models are very supportive and even they like to try out something new and unique.” It is pretty much clear that headgears are more visual than functional. But nothing lost at the end of the day. The wearability of these pieces may or may not be justified, but they sure add that X factor to the show which works wonders for the media frenzy. The bottom line is, if you have them in your runway show, you are bound to make it to the front page next day, even if you don’t have a celebrity showstopper.

Tips On T-Shirt Fashion

Along with jeans, t-shirts are perhaps the worlds most ubiquitous fashion item not bad for a garment that started out life as underwear. Since World War Two, t-shirts have gone from strength to strength, and today its rare to meet someone who doesnt have a t-shirt in their wardrobe.

But since theyre so common, its easy to become bored of wearing t-shirts quickly. Looking for new ways to wear a t-shirt? Heres a few tips for men and women on t-shirt fashion.

In Praise Of Plain T-Shirts

For some men and women, theres nothing better than a plain white t-shirt. It might sound boring, but plain white tees are versatile and timeless: theyll never go out of style. But if youre going to wear a plain white t-shirt properly, youll have to make sure the style suits you. For instance, most men plump for a crew neck white t-shirt with short sleeves as the default option. If youre of a more muscular physique, you may suit a t-shirt thats a little tighter in the body, while men with beer bellies should ensure their t-shirts are loose-fitting and several inches longer than waist-length, to provide ample coverage.

In the same vein, women with large chests often look more flattering in a v-neck t-shirt with short sleeves or a scoop neck t-shirt with three-quarter length sleeves. Its all about making sure that your body shape looks in proportion. Notably, some fashion experts suggest avoiding white altogether if you have a large chest as it may overemphasise your assets. It completely depends on your body shape, but if you think white t-shirts dont quite suit you, try a dark colour instead. Black or navy, for instance, may have a slimming effect.

Printed And Graphic Tees

Tie-dye might have been big in the 1960s and 1970s, but since the 1990s printed t-shirts have become the norm. From slogans to characters from Sesame Street, theres no limit to what t-shirts may have printed on them in 2012. If youre replenishing your stock of t-shirts, look for graphic tees that suit your own personality. If youre a music or film buff, look for t-shirts with prints of famous films and album covers. The cover of Joy Divisions album Unknown Pleasures, for instance, is a design thats gained a lot of cache on t-shirts over the past few decades.

If you want to go graphic-lite but need something more arresting that a plain t-shirt, go for a simple but colourful striped design instead. Its also worth considering a t-shirt with a comic slogan, or a simple image like a piece of fruit or a plant as well to add another dimension to your t-shirt collection.

Prom Dress Fashion Tips

Prom time is here again. You pay for your ticket, grab a dress, and go, right? Seems simple, right? Wrong! Prom can be a whirlwind experience that requires a lot of primping and preparation. Not every girl can just waltz in a store, run to the first rack they see, and come out with a fabulous prom dress right away. There are also some girls uneasy with the selection they see at some stores that don’t seem to cater to their personal sense of style. You can always look through prom magazines and celebrity pictures for inspiration but the real style inspiration starts with yourself! Just because prom is a glamorous event doesn’t mean that you have to compromise your own, unique sense of fashion to blend in with everyone else. Prom isn’t just for cheerleaders and beauty queens. Here’s how to make your look your own on prom night:

Rock Goddess

Prom may seem like the last place any punk rocker would be caught dead at, especially in a floor length pink gown. With a sense of style that some may already label as “anti-trendy”, it may cause a little bit of nervousness to think about being constricted to a girly dress that doesn’t speak to your own grungy sense of fashion. You don’t spend time lusting over the pages of VOGUE magazine and shopping at teen stores in the mall. You aren’t late for school in the morning dolling yourself up in the mirror with MAC makeup and curling every follicle of hair just right. You have instead sculpted your own, comfortable wardrobe consisting of jeans, rocker t-shirts, hoodies, and sneakers that were meant to get worn in and dirty. Prom should be about individuality and that has always come natural to you, so let your style speak for itself. Not every prom dress on the market is all about frills and bows. Try a short prom dress in a plaid or striped print or a cut glass sweetheart sequin bust with a tulle skirt, an essential rockstar style. If you’re not a fun of a full skirt there are plenty of options for fitted, short prom dresses accented allover with beading, spikes, and studs that are perfect for any punk princess. If the dress is fine, but you’re not accustomed to wearing heels go outside the norm and wear flats or even Converse or flat, Doc Marten style boots instead. Check out Sherri Hill and Mac Duggal for sassy baby doll dresses. Avril Lavigne and Kristen Stewart have perfected this tomboy-chic look and have become known for the punk rock, red carpet style. Throw on a leather jacket for added pizazz and you’re ready to go!

Flower Child

Is your style more reminiscent of a more groovy time in life? If Woodstock photographs and The Beatles posters clutter your walls and you are never seen without your guitar and a flower in your hair (shoes optional) you may be a love child of the 60’s. Sure, you weren’t born in the 60’s but you’re style reflects that to a tee. You are all about recycling and world peace. Prom may just seem like a waste of time and money, world of superficial glamour while you’re just fine with your flowy sundresses and organic fabrics. But not every prom dress is fitted and constricting. There are plenty of options for a breezy dress that is not only comfortable but very chic. Try an A-line prom dress in a flower or butterfly print pattern with a one shouldered or strapless bust in a light, breezy fabric. You get many more choices for accessories and shoes with a multicolored prom dress. Heels are great for prom, but if you want to stick to your comfortable look, try flat gladiator sandals decorated with jewels. Adorn your hair with rosettes or feathers, and you’ll look like an earth angel, prom style! La Femme and Jovani carry many beautiful printed prom dresses. Celebrity wise, Kate Hudson and Nicole Richie always look polished, but add their own elements of boho-chic to their look whenever they’re on the scene.

Quirky Queen

What if your style can’t be merely defined in a few words? One day you may want to look like a disco diva in a metallic dress and platform boots and the next a child of the 80’s in a mismatched, highlighter ensemble with tights and piled on accessories? You love fashion you don’t necessarily follow trends, but rather create your own and most importantly you’re not afraid to try any style. Though your clothing choices may leave even your own parents scratching their head at times, whatever you wear, you OWN the look. Prom is no different. Leave them speechless in a floor length, column silhouette prom dress with a removable tulle breakaway skirt. So versatile that you can create your own magic trick by starting the night with the tulle overlay attached, run to the restroom near the end of the dance, remove the tulle skirt and viola, a whole new dress! This style also comes in the form of a short, baby doll dress too. Lattice style back designs and cut outs also add an interesting appeal to any dress. Tony Bowls and Terani are just noted examples of designers who constantly bring fresh and funky designs to the prom market. Wear a fun hairband or bow accessories in your hair with color contrasting, piled on bracelets and rings. Instead of basic heels, try out booties instead. Take a page from the style book of fearless fashionistas like Katy Perry and Rihanna who never play by the rules when it comes to their own unique sense of fashion.

Play up your best features with the prom dress of choice in your specific style of dress. Part of what makes a girl confident and sexy is always staying true to who she is, not what others want her to be. Keep these simple tips in mind and happy shopping!

Fashion Jewelry Composition And Care Tips

How is costume jewelry made?

1. Manmade stones such as cubic zirconia, rhinestone, glass, or plastic are a primary component of most costume jewelry. The most popular of which is cubic zirconia because of its physical characteristics. It is used to create simulated versions of precious gemstones such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Its sparkly appeal and inexpensive price tag allow for much larger, more glitzy fashion pieces that instantly attract attention. Colored glass can also be used to simulate precious stones and faux pearls. Rhinestone jewelry is also popular because of its glitzy appeal and color choices. Epoxy and acrylic are plastics that is often used to make inexpensive bead jewelry.

Instead of manmade stones sometimes semiprecious stones such as pearls, topaz, black opal, amethyst, or peridot are used to provide a more fine jewelry appeal.

2. A base metal such as tin, copper, brass, nickel, aluminum or a combination of metals that has been altered to resemble more precious metals (e.g. gold). This is achieved by a variety of methods including:

tone: Have you ever heard of costume jewelry that is referred to as silver or gold tone? This means just what the name implies. Tone refers to the color of the metal only. Gold and silver tone jewelry are silver and gold in color but contain no actual gold or silver.

electroplating: This is probably the most common method. In this process an electric current is used to deposit a thin layer, as little as 2 mils (a mil is one millionth of an inch) onto the base alloy metal which is immersed in a salt bath solution of the precious metal that will be used to plate the object.

layering: This method also utilizes the process of electroplating. However, the plated object is immersed for a longer period of time allowing for a much thicker layer of precious metal to be deposited. Layered gold or silver may consist of approximately 20-50 mils of gold or silver. Although it doesn’t sound like much, this thicker layer results in a much more durable, longer lasting jewelry piece especially when coated with a protective material such as Tarniban which is an organic substance that provides a protective shield and adds to the hardness of the metal.

overlay: This method utilizes heat rather than electricity to combine the base metal with the precious metal to form a new alloy. This creates a permanent bond between the metals which creates jewelry that can be as durable and long lasting as the real thing with proper care. Gold overlay jewelry is also sometimes referred to as gold filled. It is generally safer for sensitive skin than costume jewelry made by other methods.

Technibond: This is considered to be one of the most desired methods of gold plating because it uses a full 40 mils of 14kt gold over .925 sterling silver. For gold and silver lovers it is the best of both worlds. However, as with any plated item, a protective coating should be added for best results.

vermeil: Vermeil is considered to be the absolute best in gold plating. This type of jewelry contains as much as 100 mils of gold over .925 sterling silver and as you can expect is also a bit pricier. It may be worth it for someone looking for something closer to the real thing without paying the exorbitant price for solid gold.

3. Costume jewelry may also consist of odd materials such as wood, stone, and shell which can be either natural or colored.

Caring for your costume jewelry

Although costume jewelry doesn’t require much of an investment, it is still important to get the most bang for your buck by taking proper care of your jewelry by following a few simple steps:

NEVER allow costume jewelry to come in contact with oils, soaps, perfumes, or any harsh chemicals which can fade or even ruin the item.

ALWAYS remove jewelry before sports, swimming, exercising, washing hands, showering, cleaning, doing laundry, or applying lotions or creams.

NEVER store jewelry wet. Always dry with a soft cloth before storing.

Store your jewelry items seperately in sealable bags to prevent scratching.

Store jewelry in a clean, dry, cool, not cold place away from heat and dust.

When cleaning, be gentle! Use a soft toothbrush and jewelry cleaner that specifically states that it is safe for costume jewelry. Make sure it does not contain acid, alcohol, or ammonia. Only use jewelry cleaner as directed. DO NOT over scrub.

Only use a cloth specially made for jewelry when buffing.

Regularly check for loose stones.

Why choose costume jewelry?

Costume jewelry, also referred to as fashion jewelry, is a fun and inexpensive way to express your own unique style. Its less costly composition means that it is easy to get your moneys worth of use out of it and allows for a much larger variety of bigger, bolder, attention grabbing colors and styles that can be mixed and matched according to your mood or wardrobe.