INNOVATIVE SAREE BLOUSE DESIGNS ’19

by Vijaya Durga Ram

Regardless of shape, size or style…a saree looks great on every woman.

We have seen a huge lifestyle shift and culture change, where we accepted the western wardrobe graciously and have made tremendous advancement towards experimenting pretty much all the styles we see on the international magazine and yet, a SAREE somehow always fits in, stays perfectly in trend and will always do.

Through different generations, it has been worn in so many different styles.

And, I would say, that’s the best part! Let’s get creative and add in a streak of our own style to the blouses! 

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A saree is the trendiest wear for girls! It looks more comfortable and stylish for women. However, the blouse is what makes or the breaks the perfect saree look. It’s is the vital element of the saree look. Every year we are blessed with new saree blouse designs. Here, we have a shirt blouse that is draped with an indigo-dyed saree. The abstract elements on the blouse makes it trendier as by combining both traditional and fusion elements. 

Here are some of the looks that I found really interesting!

Pradaini Surva, fashion model.

A Sheath turtleneck top, with an illusion neckline that just grabs the look of this simple and elegant cotton saree to the next level. The waist belt and the shoes add an extra fusion vibe to the look!

You Need To Check Out Sabyasachi’s New Collection Which Is Perfect For Summer Brides!

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Sabyasachi’s  Fiza – Spring Summer 2019 collection has made us go wowww! Everything from the silhouettes to the cuts, created over a series of adorable colour palettes, left us in awe! The exquisite jewellery, flowy embroidered fabrics and the strikingly shot collection have us glued to his Instagram profile, as he updated one post after another. We also noticed a freshness in styling and also, instead of going heavy on jewellery he switched to dainty but timeless pieces, super apt for summers. Is that an inception of a new trend?!  Whatever it may be, but it literally melted our weak hearts.

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Yami Gautham,Actor.

Indigo dyed Indo-western saree with a mustard embroidered shrug!

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Taapse Pannu,Actor.

Taapse Pannu at one her recent movie promotions, wore a thin striped shirt blouse and saree. It came off too strong on her and I just found it overwhelming!

The tie and the bindi just make it look effortlessly stylish yet traditional!

 

 

 

 

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The talented Ms. Arati Basnet seeks immense amount of keenness in brand endorsements, business, modeling, fashion, singing, gardening, painting.
Arati who grew up in the city of Kathmandu, has always been inclined towards art, music, painting, fashion, media, modelling while seeing the world in a different way. Her works exudes her confidence.
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Arati easily dabbles into media and handles press conferences and has been a part of taking interviews. She has phenomenal experience in handling press, organizing events and working with celebrities.
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My Fashion Motto?
Wear stuff that brings out your personality
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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?

Undergarments matching my see through dresses, stoles matching my dresses, different size handbags matching the occasion I go to, shoes appropriate for driving and walking .
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You wont catch me wearing?

A man’s suit
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My favourite party attire?

Marriage – saree;
Party – pants and tops
Official party – kurtis.
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Brands I love?
W and Stop to shop.
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A fashion blunder you have made in the past?

Jumped into the pool in a transparent swimming costume!

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Dressire x Designers : Hina Shukla

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An entrepreneur and a Managing director of H&S Designers. Her studio has a wide range and combinations of materials to work with and a wide range of colors, patterns and styles to choose from. Though most clothing worn for everyday wear falls within a narrow range of conventional styles, unusual garments are usually sought for special occasions such as evening wear or party dresses.
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What is the inspiration behind your designs?
As we all know inspiration can come when we least expect it and at times from the most unexpected place . I was inspired by looking at the ritual in the wedding “sola shringar” . The 16 colours make me go crazy and I start to visualise dresses matching to that.
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What are the key elements for you when designing a collection for each season?
According to me the first and foremost key is the colour, silhouette and texture of the fabric.
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What challenges did you face when launching your brand?
Well abandoning another career and dedicating whole day and night was the biggest challenge. But as they say entrepreneurship comes with a host of challenges. Rewarding challenges, but harsh challenges nonetheless, I faced the same too. Then comes Rule making – It’s fun to be the boss until you have to enforce something. Sooner or later, you’ll have to come up with the rules in your business, from how many vacation days your workers get to what the proper protocol is when filing a complaint about a coworker. These details aren’t fun to create, and they aren’t fun to think about, but they are necessary for every business.
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What are your plans for the future?
In next few years, want to see my stores in top 10 countries of the world. In few Asian countries we have already started like Thailand and Malaysia etc.
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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India? 
Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my grand mom gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. “If you’re different, you will stand out.”
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What advice would you give to young women readers who want to follow a similar career path as you? 
My advice to young women is to NOT be overly obsessed with their career path when they start out, to try out different avenues to help them learn what is the best fit. They will know soon enough.”
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What sparked your interest in fashion?
I originally wanted to be a fashion designer. During my free times I used to design clothes for Lord Krishna and Radha which made me realize my creative part . And I love to be creative. Always wanted to experiment new things and when I thought about this venture many ideas started floating in my mind.
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What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your company?
You are nothing without drive and determination. Two fundamentals of business. Without them, you will be stuck at the start line. These two attributes will drag you out of bed, no matter how bad it gets, get you into work, and push you onwards. They separate the men from the boys, and the women from the girls. They will determine your success or failure. You need them, and if you don’t, you have to develop them.
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How would you describe your brand?
H&S is a team of talented, driven, dedicated, innovative and ambitious individuals.
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Trendsetter of the Week : DR. Anjali Chaugule

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Dentist. Model. Artist. Dancer

A dynamic dentist by profession, an elegant Argentine tango and salsa dancer, an aspiring model, a passionate shutterbug, an artist at core, an eternal optimist and an epitome of elegance is what defines her in a nutshell.

Dr.Anjali is a stained glass and canvas artist, she loves to sketch, loves origami, modeling and loves to do everything that is creative and that which inspires her and fuels her creativity. She is an ardent lover of jazz and country music, exotic destinations and picturesque places of beauty. She has traveled internationally to UK, Japan, Paris, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok, Dubai with regards to her continuing professional development as a dentist and for her love of dance.

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She believes that “Each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint and the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you!!

Her mantra for life is “There’ll never be another now, I’ll make the most of today; there’ll never me another me, I’ll make the most of myself”

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Her philosophy for life is simple- You never fail until you give up; don’t seek aid, seek strength; don’t look for miracles, let your actions construct them for you; don’t pursue stories of other, unfold your own adventure! You never know what is next but trusting your instincts, planning for your life, a little hard-work & incredible support by your family will take you places and you will see how beautiful Life is!

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What is your fashion motto?
Each day is a page in your fashion story. I don’t really believe in any fashion rules, I think fashion is more of self expression – wear whatever you want with STYLE because personality isn’t just the first thing people see!
3 words to describe my sense of style?
An amalgamation of classy, elegant and creating my own signature always!
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The first thing I notice about people?
Smile.
I will most likely form an opinion about someone based on whether or not he or she smiles. Smiling is a universal sign of friendliness, and wearing one makes you immediately more approachable. Think about it. If you need to ask someone a question or are looking for someone to talk to – would you approach a person who’s smiling or one who’s scowling?
A warm and inviting smile goes a long way. It is a quick and easy way to let people know that you are friendly. Smiles welcome people. They build trust before you ever speak a word. When you first meet people, ensure you greet them with a smile to avoid being judged as rude or disinterested.
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If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is….  ?
I would choose the Peshwa era..I loved the makeover of Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra in Bajirao Mastani because of the grandiose demeanor which was reflected through the make up artistry and the gorgeous attires!
At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?
My wardrobe should speak “A blend of The Systematic Stylist and Trend Trailblazer!!”
She is an organized woman in every aspect of her life, from her categorized closet and inspirational boards to her calculated shopping trips. She is at ease taking fashion risks but does her homework to achieve fashion perfection. She is energized by novelty, always looking for ways to push her comfort boundaries and aims to create looks that no one else has seen before. She has a diverse wardrobe that is organized like a work space to facilitate the creative process.
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Trendsetter of the Week : Shivani Pahadia Sharma

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Name : Shivani Pahadia Sharma
Spanning 20 years when she started modelling at 30 (married and with 2 kids!) to being a Master of ceremonies to practicing law in 2010 for about 4 years, Shivani Sharma is now finally giving that up and handling a subsidiary of a multinational company as executive director.

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My fashion motto?
Be yourself
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3 words to describe my sense of style?
Sporty, edgy, minimal
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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
A pair of jeans, denim jacket, black Tshirts, loose linen pants and dresses which have a fitted bodice and full skirts
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My favourite style influencers?
Sandra Bullock, Sushmita Sen, Deepika Padukone
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One thing that most people don’t know about me?
That I bake the best chocolate cookies in town!
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You wouldn’t catch me wearing?
Peplum tops with jeans
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My favourite party attire?
Skater dresses preferably in black.
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The worst trend to ever become popular is?
Low waisted jeans
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The first thing I notice about people?
Cleanliness
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My style secret?
Knowing what suits me and staying away from what doesn’t!
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If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is?
The 60s in Europe & USA-the sheath dresses of breakfast in Tiffany! 
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At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?
That I am a strong independent woman 
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Divas of Dressire : Mahima Yadav

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From a computer engineer to a certified Global Business Manager from IIM, from a self established entrepreneur to Mrs. India International, from a multi national company employee to Mrs. India Earth, Mahima Yadav has earned laurels in almost every field she has been into. A fashionista and a keen enthusiast, she is Mrs. Style Icon, currently a Fashion consultant and groomer in the Fashion and Beauty Industry.
A versatile personality, acing multiple roles of a badminton player, a passionate swimmer, a dancing diva and a motivational speaker. She believes in painting the beautiful canvas of her life in various colours. Be it the subtlety of deep blue sea, or the vibrance of red hot sun, she has the quality to win hearts in no time.
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Having learned the social issues from her civil service aspiration, she has a heart of gold to uplift the needy, especially the woman.
A beliver, an achiever, she has won many laurels for herself in sports also. She is a hard worker who always keeps in mind, “ Success comes before work only in the dictionary.”
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A girl from small town in UP to an International beauty star, She is Mrs. Photogenic and loves to get clicked.
The dreamer in her says,”I aim at stars, in case I don’t reach them, I can safely land on moon. Her message to the youth is, “ Plan before you act, Act before you regret.”
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Divas of Dressire : Rupica Chanday

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Think of a girl, who appeared in her 10th class final exam in a boarding school to find out that, post her exam she was to get married due to some Mangal Dasha. Without realizing what’s happening in her life, she landed in Sasural – a rich industrial family, where everything was available except something to do. She continued with her studies and completed graduation and gradually two pretty daughters came in her life.
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She wanted to convert her dreams and twinkles to reality, wanted to do something on her own, utilise her potential, her energy in something which would be HERS and you will be amazed to know this spark came when 40s were round the corner… 40s not arena but her age!

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A vibrant, charming, energetic, enthusiastic woman who is always on toes with life. A typical Punjabi woman, who turned Business woman from a typical housewife, running two franchisee of VLCC (Batala and Kapurthala). She has plans to open 3 more and maybe a cafe along with a boutique.

“Life is beautiful with two pretty daughters, wealth all around, good social status but something is still missing. Maybe the purpose of my life? Am I here to flaunt something which is not even sourced by me? Am I born to be a doll?”

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Restless she had been till the time she got into business herself. Restlessness was increasing with every passing day. One fine day her husband offered her to join in the family business but she wanted to do something of herself, a feast for her own soul and not for her pocket.

“After consultation and advice of few good friends, I started to explore multiple business ideas and finally zeroed in on the beauty business. I had good experience of various salons and had seen the business and trend evolving in last few years. After discussing on various options, we decided for VLCC, which was fast gaining ground as an Up-market Salon.

Our first centre was Batala, which did extremely well from day one and way above our expectations. In last three years, business has grown by 20% YTY. Initially, we were also not too sure about market, but the way people have responded, this being an eye opener. In Batala, maximum sales come from rural areas. It was a myth that only people living in urban areas are conscious about their looks and health. People in rural areas are equally conscious.”

Internet and social media reach have spread the concept of self care to further places than we believe. And that’s why the market is growing fast. Growth rate in health, beauty and wellness Industry in India is almost double of  US and Europe. Although, we are in nascent stage in terms of overall size of market as compared to western countries, we are growing fast.  A KPMG Wellness Sector report released in April this year projected that the size of India’s beauty and wellness market would nearly double to Rs 80,370 cr by 2017-18 from Rs 41,224 cr in 2012-13.

Industry per-se is facing few issues – biggest one is perception. Salons are still perceived as beauty parlours, where you go for hair dos, makeups or facials. Slowly people are realizing that these centres are providing complete solution for any skin, hair and other beauty related issues. We hire experts for each field, who analyse skin or hair and recommend suitable product. We all have different skin or hair type and hence one product does not fit all. On bright side, people are understanding this and that’s why we have huge numbers of repeat customers.

Second biggest problem is availability of trained manpower but new generation kids have realized that wellness industry provides huge job opportunities and they are enrolling for professional courses. VLCC and Lakme have opened institutes for this purpose, which are in huge demand. We also wanted to open a VLCC Institute but someone else pipped us and took it before us, says smiling Rupica.

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Talking about her business, Rupica says that Haircare, Skin and Bridal Makeup are where, maximum demand is. All girls are already beautiful, we only help her realise it, with the use of few products.

Now a days, all big brands are focusing on innovative products in all segments; be it skin or hair or anything else. New product ranges are increasingly using natural products and few items are even prepared from platelets taken out from person itself, which is easily absorbed by skin, without any side effect but much superior results. Product ranges are extremely large with specific benefits, however one needs expert guidance for real benefits.

Today’s upwardly mobile generation is very well informed, educated, conscious, non-compromising and ready to spend money on everything best including self-care and that’s where the real market and opportunity is.

“The biggest satisfaction comes after seeing smiles on the brides on their big day. And yes, I just bought Merc E Class from the earnings of my own business” – says Rupica with childish big smile on face.

(Rupica Chanday belong to Chanday Family, who owns about 11 production units in Batala and successfully running two VLCC Franchisee on her own, as independent business unit)

Trendsetter of the Week : Nidhi Sharma

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Name : Nidhi Sharma

New Delhi based Décor stylist Nidhi Sharma Chadha, owner of “Memories” specializes in creating one off, truly unique décor for all kinds of social events.

Memories will make your event an enchanting occasion that everyone will remember for a long time. From wedding design to fabulous parties and corporate events, we can transform any venue into what you had imagined. Our motto is “You dream it, we create it”. Our key focus is on high quality and exceeding customer expectations. We create events that forge unforgettable connections between guests and their host.

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Nidhi started modeling when she was in college, just for a bit of fun. She ended up doing some good campaigns such as Pepsi, Airtel, Indian Airlines etc. She also worked with quite a few designers and walked the ramp for them. Soon enough she was selected for Miss India in 1995.

There after, she started flying with KLM airlines as an inflight interpreter. In the few years that she worked with them, she travelled the world and learnt a lot.

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“I always felt that the décor and styling done at these parties could have been done in a much better way. I had so many ideas in my mind and I wanted to see them turn into reality. From here on I took baby steps and started doing décor for close friends and family.”

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My fashion motto?

I feel fashion fades but style is eternal. Therefore keep it simple yet stylish.

3 words to describe my sense of style?

Classy, Elegant and Minimalistic.

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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?

 A well fitted blue denim with a crisp white shirt, a sexy black cocktail dress, nude platforms which can be paired with almost anything, sexy black stilettos are a  absolute must and an elegant blazer with classic black pants.

One thing that most people don’t know about me?

That I don’t diet at all. I eat healthy and I workout. People need to understand that being healthy is a lifestyle and it cannot be achieved by following fad diets.

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You wouldn’t catch me wearing?

Bell bottoms.

My favourite party attire?

Any outfit that looks effortlessly stylish with just a touch of bling.

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The worst trend to ever become popular is?

“Crop tops” and “ugg’s” are two things that are completely beyond me.

The first thing I notice about people?

I like people who smile and look me in the eyes when they make a conversation. It shows a sense of confidence and sincerity.

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My style secret?

“Less is more” so keep it sexy and simple. Spice it up with a statement piece. Also a hydrating face mask before a night out adds that extra glow to your skin.

The best fashion advice I have ever received?

That “short does not necessarily mean sexy”. One can look equally sensuous in a beautifully draped saree.

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If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is?

The 50’s. The pencil skirts became hugely popular in this era. The fashion in this era was very elegant, lady like and stylish. Jackie Kennedy being a perfect example of that.

At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?

I like my wardrobe to have a timeless quality to it. I like buying statement pieces. Clothes to me are like friends, you want quality not quantity.

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I’m waiting to splurge on?

 The Bvlgari Serpenti watch.

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Trendsetter of the Week

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Name : Monica Kansal
Profession : Business woman
A business woman and a poet behind the scenes, Monica Kansal loves to rap during her free time. She is an energetic and witty spirit who loves to travel and dance, she enjoys driving and updating her travel diaries.
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Monica won the Mrs. Best Homemaker at the Mrs India Queen of Substance pageant 2017. She is considered as a fashion icon in her city, Hisar, Haryana and lots of women follow her. She is graceful and full of sparkles at events and loves it when people notice her efforts.
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 My fashion motto?
An extra sparkling something is the way to stand out in a party or gathering.
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3 words to describe my sense of style?
Experimental, elegant, sexy.
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My favourite style influencers?
Malaika Arora, Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty.
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The first thing I notice about people?
Their mannerism and how they carry themselves.
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The worst trend to ever become popular?
Bullet bras and exaggerated accessories.
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If you would like to be featured next, contact us at contact@dressire.com

Trendsetter of the Week

 

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Name : Dr. Balesh Jindal

Dr. Balesh Jindal is a graduate of the prestigious Lady Hardinge Medical College and has been in General Practice for over thirty two years. As a result, she has an extensive experience in primary health care, corporate consulting, emergency medicine and family medicine. She was a pioneer in providing a single stop health facility in a place which had no efficient health centre and was infested with quacks. She started with educating the locals about basics of ethical medical care. It was a daunting task in the initial decade. At times it seemed hopeless.  It was a lone battle but made her courageous.FullSizeRender_7She ventured into providing low cost medical care. She treated, educated and counselled her patients patiently and single handedly changed the social mores and brought in modern and scientific perspective over the years. Now, she has numerous villages and towns as her catchment area. Child mortality due to measles, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, typhoid, malnutrition etc. has fallen drastically in her catchment area. She provides a no frills medical service where anyone can walk in and be diagnosed and treated in the shortest possible time at the lowest cost possible.

Her essay on sexual abuse was selected from entries from all over the world for the Award for Compassion by Stanford University. She was invited to Stanford University to meet the Dalai Lama. She donated the prize money to a Delhi school to hold workshops on sexual abuse for children to make them aware of this menace in our society. She continues to educate and counsel students in Delhi schools in groups and privately. Her work in the schools on sexual abuse has been covered by the BBC on their official website titled “The most Compassionate Day in the World”.FullSizeRender_6Her passion to make a difference to people’s lives has given her an opportunity to be associated with two NGOs and an urban school in Delhi where she visits on a regular basis to sensitize children about sexual abuse and to empower them to report such incidents.

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Here’s a poem by Dr. Balesh Jindal

Long After 

Long after the
wind stops
blowing through the
festoons
their limbs lie
lifeless, colourless.
Long after the fragrance
and swirls and swishes
of dear ladies
Fade away and
specks of dust settle
over all things new.
Long after all the smiles
and banters
Lie tucked and crumpled
in family albums
It is long after all the happiness
Contrived and derived
floats away.
I turn in myself
into myself to
search
deeper
to find
some meaning to this
Orderliness

Dr. Jindal has also been professional artist for the last twenty years and has had shows in India and abroad. Her art adorns the walls of many art collectors in India and abroad and has received accolades by the press and prominent art critics.

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3 words to describe my sense of style?
Understated, quiet & elegant.
My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
White pants, a nice black top, pearls, brooch & a classy scarf.
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My favourite party attire?
A black dress, a string of pearls and a matching stole.
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My style secret?
I know my colours and keep my outfits simple and free from clutter.
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The best fashion advice I have ever received?
The best fashion advice I follow is to buy the best fabric one can afford. I never compromise on the fabric.
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If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is?
I would love to go back to the era of Maharani Gayatri Devi when women wore chiffons and pearls.

 

If you want to be featured as our Trendsetter of the Week, email us at contact@dressire.com

Dressire x Designers : Suman Bajaj

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Being born and brought up in the UK, Suman Bajaj was blessed to have the best of the East and West as powerful influences & yet she found that there was something missing in both. When she set up her label, she married Europe to India and created effortless grace in the form of her most favourite attire, the saree.
Suman’s work comprises of two lines – SumSum her pret line and Suman Bajaj, her couture line.
“With color and cuts that have an international appeal, her work comprises of global designs with ethnic aesthetics. Her prêt line is clever but quirky and not for the shy wallflower! It is the blend of ethnic and western in her collection that has appealed to the fashion conscious allover the world and bought her clients from Spain, UK, USA, Singapore, The Middle East etc as well as India. Suman Bajaj is an up and coming Designer from Delhi whose garments are a wardrobe must have for every woman regardless of her shape and size.”
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“My brand is a wardrobe staple for not just Indian women but women around the world. My sarees are effortless style statements that are all about less being more. “
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Can you tell us a little bit about your story?

In a few short months, I will celebrating a ten-year affair with Delhi, India. Today, there is not a lot one can’t find in Delhi but it was not always that way. It is amazing how much we take for granted in the UK. Ten years ago, finding basics like shower gel and margarine was a challenge. And try waking up at 4 am to fill your water tank only to find  that there is no power.

So why did I move here?

 

In all honesty, I can’t pinpoint what it was that had me packing up my life and moving to a city I had seldom visited. I recall being incredibly lonely and feeling as if I had nothing to lose. I was sick of pretending I had my life all “sussed”, when I clearly didn’t. One cold and frustrating Monday, I impulsively told a friend “I’m selling my apartment and moving to India.” True to my word, I did. I had no job and nowhere to stay, yet my gut told me it was the right thing do.So here I was in a city I knew nothing about, convincing myself I had to make this work. Help had come to me from the most unlikely friendships, but it was mostly my own adamant arrogance not to fail that pushed me to grow. When I think back I surprise myself, it is amazing how resourceful humans are when they need to be. Funny thing is I don’t recall ever feeling sad or sorry for myself. In fact moving to India made me see how much I had taken for granted. The mass population of Indians live below poverty line and moving here, opened my eyes and for the fist time in my life I realized how blessed I truly am.

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What made you fall in love with designing?
Back in the UK, I fell into fashion at a very young age. Coming from a big family, I longed to recycle the hand-me-down clothes my sisters would give me so that they felt new.
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What made you move into designing sarees?
Soon after arriving to Delhi just over ten years ago, I discovered Hindustani city slicers had abandoned the sari. Instead of choosing to opt for unflattering gowns, I felt compelled to use my experience to bring “sari back.” Six months later, The Suman Bajaj easy drape sari label was born. I created a one-size fits all, easy drape saree that made the saree comfortable and alluring to wear.
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I started from my rental with one tailor, spending a large chunk of my savings on materials. Going with my gut I decided to design a niche line of sarees that had the simplicity of a gown and the grace of a sari. My philosophy for fashion being one size fits all and looking good should come from within and not from your wallet.

I now retail from most luxury multi brand boutiques all over the world.

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What are the main features of your collection?
My collection includes pockets – as featured in Vogue, the slim sari that can be worn in three ways and the best part is they all drape in less then 20 seconds.
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What inspires you? 

 

Dressing a celebrity is every designers dream. I have dressed quite a few, Madhuri Dixit was one but to be honest I get more of a thrill draping everyday women who, like myself, had forgotten that they are beautiful, brave and exceptional. These women are my inspiration. I watch how a woman’s face lights up, unable to believe how good she looks in my drapes. I love fashion only because it has the power to empower.
I understand fashion to be more than a trend, it is an expression.
Having more women wear sarees over an evening gown is my biggest inspiration but what inspires my designs is the joy of making a women feel beautiful and so I set out to create beauty.
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What is the inspiration behind your latest collection?

This season is all about going back to basics and celebrating man over machine. It is about working with handlooms and turning to age-old fabric making techniques, that may take longer to create but tell the stories of the amazingly talented artisans creating art in their very own homes.

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What tips do you have for woman who want to wear sarees?
Asian women are curvy and tend to carry their weight from hips up, making them the perfect candidate for a sari. And yet, we are all different, So when choosing a fabric think about how the fabric and colour will work on you.
If you have short legs, wear your sari high wasted, sticking to a single colour that elongates you.
If you are worried about a soft tummy opt for opaque fabrics to or printed fabrics to hide the issue. Go for a corseted blouse that not only covers the belly but also pulls it in.
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Our saris typically flare from below the knees balancing the body into the perfect hourglass. Correcting your sari mistakes is simple and can make your draping experience a real comfy hit.
Make sure your petticoat is tied super tight so that it holds your saree perfectly.
Avoid safety pins – they rip the fabric. Instead, try a cool belt or reusable velcro tabs.
Pad your blouse and ditch the unsightly bra straps
Wearing a plain but elegant wedged heel will help you to walk more gracefully.
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What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your company?
The pitfalls of fashion are realising tthat this is my business and not a hobby, so one must buy smart designs backwards with the point of sale price in mind.
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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India?
For a woman to do well in business, she needs to be very organised and be able to find balance. Set realistic goals and stay on top of your growth plan.
I believe one must always follow their dreams but be aware of the fact that knowing your craft better than your team is important. Study your craft work, hard to develop yourself so that you can manage your team by leading by example.
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So if you love the allure of a saree but the draping scares you, then here are a few helpful tips from the ace fashion designer and easy drape sari queen Suman Bajaj that promises to have you reaching into your mother’s closet for the six yards of sensual.

Learn :  Anything worth having is worth working for. Learn the simple art of wearing a sari. Draping a sari is not that difficult and the pleating is actually a really good way of keeping arthritis away as it’s a mini hand workout! That being said, if you are fed up with your pleats sitting on the floor instead of your body, have a seamstress stitch your pleat in place for you. That way all you have to do is drape and tuck!
Rethink :  If the fear of looking like your grandma is keeping you away from the sexy sari then rethink your drape. Simple styling can change a normal sari from what to wow! For instance, who says you have to wear your sari with a blouse, when you can wear it with a bikini, t-shirt, polo neck and leather jacket! Make your sari wearing experience all your own. Rock it with a boot, statement jewellery and send the traditional sari into the 21st century.
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Get your petticoat right : Scrap the tent like line and get your shape on. A simple nude Lycra tube with a modest split is the perfect partner for a sari. It hugs the body and allows the sari to sit without sticking or slipping. Make sure you tie it nice and tight above where you want your sari to sit and then pull it down into place. If your sari is transparent, think about using a contrasting colour or opt for a fabric with a bit of sparkle to give it another unexpected dimension. I also love going for petticoats that have layers of tulle fabric that flares out from under the knee, pushing the pleats into a dramatic lehenga. A skin fit legging is also the perfect partner for a more modern look.
Right length : Make your legs look like they go on forever. Wear your heels before you drape so that your sari is the perfect length. A wedged heel is the ideal style for a sari. It will allow you to add a few extra inches and keep you firm on your feet. Try to keep your stilettos free from anything that will catch a hold of your fabric.
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Know your body and pick your fabric well : If you are a little bit on the larger side, go for a print or fabric that is a little bit more opaque but flows well. Pick the darkest shade in the colour to shave off a few pounds. Carry your sari a little higher on your waist and think about adding a little fabric at the start of it to create more pleats.
If on the other hand, you are slim, wear chiffons and lightweight fabrics that flatter your svelte self. Pick fabrics that are not covered in thread work and don’t drag you down.
Avoid pins if you can : They are not fabric friendly! If you must use them, opt for nappy pins with a safety lock so you’re not getting the ring caught in your fabric. To get the sari sitting correctly you can use a belt around your waist or loop the fabric through your strappy blouse strap. If you must use a handful of pins make sure you get some help to hide the pins or you will spoil not only the fabric but your entire look.
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Keep accessories sleek : If you want your sari to be the hero, play down the jewellery. You are wearing a sari and not a Christmas tree, so no decorations required. Take a tip from Coco Channel and always take one accessory off before you leave the door. Less is more!
Keep the mystery : Don’t wear your sari too low or show too much skin. What makes a sari so sensual is the mystery of a single piece of fabric draped in a way that it give away only a little of what makes you a woman. Keep it that way.
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“I feel Indian women are a lot more informed about luxury brands from all over the world but sometime take their styling tips from editorial glossy magazine shoots. They forget to make that look their own and play it down.”

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Trendsetter of the Week

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Name : Suparna Mukherjee

Profession : Head of Academics and Development, running a chain of preschools in West Bengal, India

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A 21st century woman, who is balancing her work and her family with great dedication and commitment, She is the winner of Mrs India Queen of Substance Classic 2nd Runners Up and Mrs Congeniality 2017.

“Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, which is a very common quote we know of. So I believe, if a person is beautiful in her thoughts, she will perceive the true beauty in everything her eyes fall on. A clean mind with good intentions, a positive approach to a happy and healthy life, a kind soul who can feel about others, one with an abundant and soulful energy can be labelled as truly beautiful – which actually originates from within and spreads the fragrance of the sweetness all around her with her grace and dignity, a god gifted quality. This beauty stays and never fades , it leaves a mark in human minds and in their lives.”

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“My smile is my biggest makeup I wear every time. I am a combination of both strong and gentle, educated and humble, passionate and rational.”

My fashion motto?

Be yourself and make your own style statement.

3 words to describe my sense of style?

Classy, elegant and independent

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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?

As of now, that would be my great fitting jeans, my comfortable heels, my sarees, my floral sheath dress & my salwars.

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My favourite party attire?

I prefer wearing long flowy dresses that makes me look tall, confident and classy and make me stand out in the crowd.

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The first thing I notice about people?

I notice their eyes because that speaks for everyone. It says a lot about any person.

My style secret?

My Style secret is to be yourself and leave your own mark

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At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?

A Queen who has the taste of ethnicity, and modernism.

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