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All of us have a bunch of old saris that belong to our mothers or our grandmothers that unfortunately haven’t been touched for years because the handiwork and it’s style makes it irrelevant for regular wear. So, what can you do with those old saris? You can actually do a lot. This is a lot advantageous as it is environmentally friendly as well as pocket-friendly because you can happen to save the cost of your fabric.

Saris are basically about 5-6 meters of fabric that you can use in whatever way you like that entirely makes them a perfect piece to be transformed into any dress of your choice. Depending on the fabric of the sari, you can transform these old saris not just into ethnic wear, but you can also design some beautiful and chic looking fusion wear- contemporary and bohemian, any.
So, here’s a DIY list of recycling your old saris in some fabulous stuff or basically here are some of the DIY techniques of getting yourselves designer clothes in lower costs.

Change the Old Sari into a New One: If you have some saris that are torn or degraded from little places, you can use the creativity in your mind and henceforth, can turn the old piece into a new one. You can do this either at home or you can go to the tailor for required amendments. You can stitch Kundan work, sequin, or zari based patch work border. Also, you can add hangings or pompoms at the end of the pallu.

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Lehenga can be planned from your Old Sari: Lehenga from an old silk saree is a creative option. If you do not have enough fabric for the entire outfit, you can use it in bits and pieces. Once you get enough material for the lehenga, use the rest for the blouse. Also, you can use the whole sari for the lehenga and get a contrasting cloth piece for the blouse. You can enhance it with borders of sequin, zardozi, Kundan work, embroidery or a heavy lace of your choice.

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Get an Indo-Western Suit made out of your Sari: Old Saris manages to extend great outcomes of Indo-Western Suits when manipulated in a creative design. For bottom to the dupatta, you could use old sari and mix and match it with what other material you have. You can enhance it with patchwork, designer borders for necklines, dupatta and at the end of suit and its sleeves.
Otherwise, if there is not enough material for an entire dress, just get a kurta stitched which can be matched with a contemporary looking palazzo or simple or net leggings or dhoti pants depending on the design of your kurta.

Designer Suit

 

Get a Gown or Maxi Dress Stitched: For this, you can pick up your old cotton saris and transform it into a western looking gown or maxi dress which can be worn on any occasion in summers. For a heavy and Indian look, you can pick up heavy embroidery saris or saris with heavy border or patchwork.

 Indo Western Gown

Dedicating the whole Sari to a Long Skirt: By doing so, you will have a great circumference of the skirt that to flaunt your grace and beauty. You can pair it up with a short kurta or a plain t-shirt or a shirt or a tank top.

Long Skirt

 

Stitch Beautiful Dupattas: A heavy dupatta paired with plain Anarkali suit has its own beauty to demonstrate. Also, why you have to invest in an expensive dupatta when you can make the same expensive looking one from a part of sari with minimal or no cost at all. Plus, you can mix and match these for more than just one dress, maybe with a plain gown for an ethnic look.

Silk Zai Dupatta

 

Capes, Overcoats or Jackets; Your Choice: Capes, overcoats or half jackets, which are made out of your old saris and present a traditional look, they will be faddy enough if mixed and matched with the contemporary outfits like jeans, leggings or even shorts. Indie-fusion with old saris in the form of any design will showcase a good combination.

Cape Style Dress

 

Turn it into a Short Dress: You can use a piece of your long sari to turn the same into a short ready to go dress. This outfit will present a fusion of Indian culture with that of Western Outfit completely changing our mindsets formed for fashion.

 indo western short dress

 

Pocket Squares: You can use the patches of sari to emerge it as a pocket square for the men in your house. These pocket squares go perfectly with their Jodhpuri or a velvet jacket or a three-piece suit that they have planned to wear for a wedding or any family other function. So, replace the contemporary looking pocket squares for the ethnic one.

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Whether it’s Mumbai or any part of this Nation or of this World, fashion in an instinct that makes you feel that you look good and classy. Fashion & modelling is all about it. It’s about looking faddy in your comfortable looks.Inspired from various fashion weeks, shows and brands, here’s a compilation of super fashionable winter trends for 2k18-2k19. Every trend mentioned is compiled with warmth that enhances every look and portrays it stunningly in every aspect. Beyond the shadow of doubt, each look is vibrant and classy to carry. Through these trends, you can undoubtedly influence every fashion lover perfectly.

  1. Animal Prints: May it be a leopard’s print or tiger’s, zebra’s or ocelot’s, strips or spots, all are completely in fashion. Many beautiful models led their way in these patterned attires. It executes the meaning of boldness, independence and strength. So, pick up the dresses which have such patterns that make you look as a smart and a fearless individual.
    You may have a look upon these models who lead their catwalk in animal prints.
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  2. Leather Classy Look: Leather always brings out a classy look. It also gives a corporate and a business look. Attires available in this cloth material turns out to be comfortable as well as cozy for the season of fall.
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  3. Leggings: Leggings are turning out be fashionable as many makeovers are there to overtake the other bottom wears. May it be in animal prints or wet alike leather; it’s simply stylish to wear. Many models have been attired in beautiful leggings so as to fill the winter’s wardrobe.
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  4. Metallic: From Balmain to Christian Dior, each is showing their special bunch of dresses in the same. Pick up yours for this Christmas Season.
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  5. Capes: Capes were and are again in trend. This season it’s setting fire in fashion world like anything. Take out your old ones as well as buy some new ones.
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  6. Glossy Textures: These textures and fabrics are taking a special space in today’s fashion and are growing at a rapid rate. With metallic, it is already outshine your wardrobe.
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  7. Checks: It’s undoubtedly a popular print and is widely accepted. It was a trend and can never be out of it.
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  8. Colour Trends: Here you can have a look upon trendy colours which can be adorned in this winter:
    a.Violet: Violet is always trendy for the individuals of every age group and make you look undoubtedly stylish.
    Modelling agencies in mumbaib. Fuchsia Pink: It can be said that pink is a sophisticated and an all-season colour. Your looks will always be portrayed as an admirable one in this colour.
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    c. Cherry Red: A vibrant colour to exemplify the look of velvet and silk simply in an amazing way.
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    d. Brown: For a subtle look, brown can be added to your lists. It’s natural and just bewitching.
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    e. Techs’ Blue: It gives a social look as it’s a common colour which enhances every social media platform. This colour happens to be a trendsetter.
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    d. Sea Green: Always been a favourite in the season of summer but it’s amazingly outshining in the season of fall too.

    f. Olive Green: Another natural essence that can be added in your wardrobes through the medium of this colour. It’s almost similar to the greens of that of military.
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    g. Marble Gray: Another form of black which happens to be classy as well as stylish. It’s suitable and perfect for every type of dress.
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    e. Yellow: Yellow adds a spice to your overall wardrobe. It’s vibrant as well as classy. Designers left no stone unturned to showcase this colour also as a trending one.

    h. Vibrant Orange: A vibrant shade added to showcase some brightness and faddy look to your winter’s wardrobe.
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    i. Beige: It’s an all-time favourite colour. It’s everlasting. It’s a colour which can never go out of trend as it happens to be calm and eye-catching.
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One of the latest makeup trends of this day and age is cosmetic contact lenses. Nothing is left without adding a creative touch. We are fond of taking a dull and boring accessory and reviving it to satisfy our creative hunger. Contact lenses were supposed to be worn in despair (as in weak eyes) but now it has become a fashion trend. With the introduction of a slew of coloured lenses available for us, we have a huge scope for transformation. Cosmetic or coloured contact lenses give your look a new dimension all together. Even a slight change of colour can do wonders for your eyes and face and what’s more is that it also introduces a whole new level of depth to your makeup. Choosing the right colour is an essential aspect as going way too bold can prove to be disastrous. Complexion, hair colour and original colour of the eyes play an important role in deciding the perfect colour of cosmetic contact lenses. For instance colours like brown, hazel, honey, Sterling gray are best suited for dark brown eyes. Let us see some of the popular choices of colours to choose from, for the most prevalent natural eye colours,For Dark brown eyes

  • Pure hazel – its an amalgam of dark brown, then yellow and then orange as we go from the outer rim towards the pupil. With dark brown eyes, it gives a orange-green tint.
  • Honey – it has a tint of yellow but majority of it is orange.
  • Sterling gray – it has a grey-blue tint. Makes dark brown eyes appear angelic in this different tone.
  • Gray – it contains a bit blue, green and a tiny hint of brown. This colour blends really well with dark brown eyes. It gives out a natural look making it perfect for everyday use.
  • Gemstone green – a very bright, vibrant colour. They are unique and can transform your look completely.

For green and brown eyes

  • Brilliant blue – its very bright and fun. This doesn’t look natural but is a bold choice to consider for a summer outing.
  • True sapphire – similar to the brilliant blue shade, it contains a bright blue outer rim with a greyish tinge in the middle. This is more towards the natural palette of colours.
  • Green – this blends in nicely with green-brown eyes. A slight tinge of greyish brown in the mid, it provides a natural look, yet stands out from other colours.
  • Blue – a bright colour indeed. Looks really vibrant with green-brown eyes. It contains a mellow blue shade giving a nice effect in combination with the natural eye colour.

 

As far as protecting our eyes are considered, after contact lenses comes sunglasses. More and more number of people are opting for sunglasses with UV protection. As the outer environment gets polluted and thus, unhealthy, we are making extra efforts to cover and protect our body. Eyes being the sensitive part of our face, it is highly recommended to invest in quality products for their benefit. With an array of colours and styles, we have countless options to choose from. Aviators, wayfarers, oversized, gradients to name a few in every imaginable colour, be it military green, aqua, pink, reflector shades or basic black and brown.

How to choose the perfect sunglasses is not that big a task but some key factors need to be considered to find the perfect fit. Some of those factors are,

  • Face cut or shape – this is by far the most obvious physical factor. Face cut is the key factor in deciding the kind of sunglasses you should opt. For instance, cat eyes and round sunglasses would be best suited for square face shape. Over face shape is the most symmetrical face shape as far as getting sunglasses are considered. Oval face cuts can carry most of the styles with aplomb, be it aviators, wayfarers, John Lennon glasses or oversized. Whereas round face shape is the one which can sport only oversized sunglasses. So, your face shape fairly determines what kind of sunglasses you should sport.
  • Complexion – the right colour is necessary while going for sunglasses; and your complexion is a key factor in deciding the kind of colour you should opt. Blue, green, pink etc are suited to cool skin tones, further, red, brown, beige, orange etc. are best for warm skin tones. Fair skinned people should go for darker shades. Nude frames are suited for every skin tone, generally. Plus, nude colours go we with all outfits. People mostly prefer natural colours like tan, camel, black to get that sophisticated look.
  • Standards – UV protection is the most important criteria for deciding which sunglasses to buy. Their material and lenses should be of good quality, sturdy and certified.
  • Comfortability and durability – this factor is vital if you are involved in physical outdoor activities. The right kind of sunglasses provide you with the required comfortability and durability is essential as nobody wants to give away their prized possession at the first hint of doing any physical activity. It should be sturdy enough to get one through the day, be it travelling, driving, running or any kind of routine activities. Sunglasses should not be so sensitive as to make the user get them off with change of location.
  • Purpose or profession – would a cyclist ever want to wear oversized sunglasses if he has a round face shape? Not in the wildest imaginations possible. Apart from face cut, the purpose or the profession also decides the style you should go with. Taking the instance of a cyclist, say, the cyclist should go for a frame which provides extra coverage from air and dust along with being lightweight, durable and comfortable. The colour is also decided with the purpose in mind. A neon shade is not well suited for an MNC employee while going to his office. Here, warm tones are the safest choice.
  • Weight – continuing the factor of purpose discussed before, the weight of the frame decides it’s suitability for different purposes. An athlete, a cyclist or any other person involved in excessive physical activity on a daily basis would want to go for a lightweight frame as that makes it easy to carry all day long without making the person uncomfortable. Whereas a person wearing glasses for a short period of time while driving can manage with slightly heavier or bulky frames. So weight is an extension of the previous factor.

All of these factors are important in more ways than one. They help us choose the perfect style for our face. With getting all these factors in check we can sit back and enjoy the sunshine.

 

Behind every successful shoot is a hardworking stylist. When we think about the job of a stylist, the first thing that comes to our minds is ‘selecting clothes’. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg and even picking out clothes isn’t as easy as it may sound. The stylist is supposed to work on a collaboration with the photographer and bring out the perfect mood for the shoot.

There are a variety of types of projects that a stylist works on;  editorial shoots, commercial/ad campaigns, fashion shows, events, personal styling to name a few. They all have their own specific requirements and the stylists make sure these are fulfilled to bring out the essential story in the shoot.

Bringing out the perfect story from the photo shoot requires a variety of tasks that the stylist takes care of.

In this article, we will see some of the various tasks and duties of a stylist and how they operate.

 

Advise

The stylist gets a bird’s eye view of all the factors that matter for a photoshoot. These include the locations, the lights, the props, the makeup and of course, the attire. The art director prepares the setting for a shoot. However, if there’s something missing, it’s the responsibility of the stylist to make sure the setting gets up to the mark.

Bringing out the right pictures also depends largely on how the model is posing. Getting out the right pictures from the model is also a task that the stylist would have to look after. Whichever team needs to make changes is asked to by the stylist.

 

Source

The clothes are going to be the essential aspect of the shoot. The stylist will visit different brands of designer houses and source the appropriate pieces of clothing that will go with the theme of the shoot. But that’s not it. There’s a set of other jobs too that are included here. You may have to negotiate with the brands, stick with the budgets and manage to make the most of what you have.

No matter what is the deal, having the perfect set of clothing is of utmost importance. Making the choice can be tricky. Every shoot will demand a fresh new style. Keeping up with that demand can be a challenge. The stylist may also go shopping with the clients and work in collaboration to create the perfect feel.

 

Select

Selecting and finalizing a brand is just the first step. What comes next is the actual task of ‘picking out the clothes’. Every shoot has a different mood, a fresh setting, and a new concept.The stylist’s creativity and imagination along with her experience come into picture here.

What is the kind of clothes that you imagine? Is it going be something floral for a warm spring theme of something grey and black for the winter? The stylist gets to make this call.Sounds fun right? But it’s also a challenge because everything needs to come together here. Your setting needs to go with the theme, the lights need to go with the setting, the props need to go well with the theme and the clothes? They need to go well with everything.You miss something out and the shoot wouldn’t turn out how you expected it to be. But you manage to bring everything together and it will be a beautiful creation that will go up in magazines, newspapers and the social media.

 

Connect

Everyone is looking at the shoot through their own keyhole and brainstorming for ideas. However, the stylist must connect with all these people and make sure the feasible ideas come to life. Before the photographer takes the perfect shot, the stylist will have collaborated with all teams and made sure their ideas are portrayed in the final setting.For example, after the clothes are selected, the stylist might want to make little alterations in the design. She will have to collaborate with the designer and get that done. Same would be the case with managing the light, props and other arrangements.Talking and networking with all the concerned people is an important job that the stylist needs to ace to get the photoshoot going.

 

Keep Up

Staying up to date is the most crucial task for a stylist. An outdated sense of fashion will not help to create the kind of a photo shoot that is expected. Especially if the reach for the shoot is going to wide. You will have to work with the trending styles in fashion.

You can keep updating you sense by reading creative blogs and exploring the latest collections.

 

In India, the queen of all traditional dresses is saree! The richness of silk saree cannot be measured and its supremacy is unquestionable for many reasons. The combination of shine of real zari, hand woven matte, and smooth texture with expert pair of hands makes the silk saree so adorable.

Southern part of India has its speciality that the sarees over there comes with very fine finish along its ‘Pallu’. The Pallu comes with a gorgeous tasselled finish that makes the drape end in the most classic of ways. The perfect ending of 9-yard magical silk saree with great finish is called as ‘Kuchu’.

Kuchus are a great way to enrich the value of the saree. The great design of Kuchu pattern changes the entire look of silk saree significantly. So here are some truly dazzling Kuchu designs which will have a rich impact on your silk saree.

Colour Coordinated Kuchu Design

Adding the same colours that are present in the saree makes the Kuchu simple, elegant and looks inherently part of saree itself. The perfect matching of the green and pink and the longish tassel with double knots crossing each other at the top creates the well-known net style in a very simpler design. This type of Kuchu design is great for heavy Chanderi silks and Maheshwaris which come in such colour combinations

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Crystal Bead with Simple Tassel 

A thumb rule in any kuchu design is the aesthetics of mixture, and in this case, great care has been taken to highlight delicately, the use of gold in the saree with a single thread in the pink tassel and the usage of beautiful beads in between.

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Chemistry of Silk with Metal

The usage of metal beads in kuchu design takes the look of saree to next level. Great with tussars in metallic colours or any plain silk saree with simple metallic coloured work. Smart, spirited and the kind that will suit those who love to wear silver jewellery.

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Crochet Design

The traditional crochet turns a new leaf making big waves in the kuchu design market. You can see here a thread crochet that has been innovatively combined with golden beads. Any crochet work lends ultra-feminine beauty to a look taking it away from being over dressy look of a heavy saree, and giving it a feel of being more contemporary. It would look simply great with plain soft silks, plain tussars and even with Chanderi silks. If you have a saree that has thread work on silk, this would be the kuchu you have been looking for. All you have to do is switch colours that coordinates with your saree.

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Double Beaded Regalia

Just like an idea before this, here is one where the tassel hangs from two silver beads that are joined together. Most suited for sarees that have silver thread work and in paler shades of pinks, mauves, blues and grey.

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Single and Double Tiered Jaal Kuchus

In the picture below, you can see apart lattice work created from the light coloured thread, the tassels itself are in two coordinated shades. This is an old kuchu pattern that can be created in a more complex jaal as in the next one where two layers of tiers have been created. The interesting change has been the usage of two colours for the jaal.

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Pearly Bead for Heavier Ornamentation

The stunning droplet instantly grabs attention while the glow it lends to the sarees edge is breath-taking. It would look as stunning on a satin silk, as it would on any plain silk saree. Rich and fascinating in its form and design, this is a kuchu pattern if pearls are your kind of thing.

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