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!

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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 : Seema Punj

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Seema Punj is an Astrologer, Numerologist and a Vastu consultant.
She began her career in this field in 2006 and she has more than a decade of experience inspiring, practicing, coaching wellness and hands-on healing.
She invites people to transform, to feel good about themselves and to live their lives to the core. This versatile personality uses her wide-ranging knowledge to empower people to accomplish their full potential in their drive towards Personal & Spiritual growth.
My fashion motto?

I personally feel, just dress how you wanna be addressed. Your dressing style reflects your personality. So I personally prefer to look graceful and comfortable.

3 words to describe my sense of style?
Elegant, classy, stylish.
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One thing that most people don’t know about me?
I am a very humble person. You can rely on me. I’ll never let you down but my attitude is totally based on how one treat me.

The first thing I notice about people?
Looks do matter but what matters most is your attitude, your behavior. And this is what makes you worthy.
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My style secret?
Confidence, carry yourself gracefully. One can look good in any dress if it is carried well.

If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is…. ?
1980s

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

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 : Kanya Kishnani

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A diction expert and a fashion blogger, a communication and a behavior coach, Miss Kanya Kishnani, is an anchor who holds credit to host events from all genres vis-a-vis fashion, corporate, international brands, pageants, awards, launch events, and fundraisers to highlight a few domains.

Kanya holds an MBA in Human Resources from the prestigious PACE University in New York City and during her stay in America, she was the official emcee for three years at a party that witnesses the most glamorous side of Indian diaspora in New York City called ‘Jalwaa’.

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Fashion is her passion and Kanya also ran a high couture studio and a grooming academy for some time when she returned to India and later decided to not commercialize her passion as much.

Presently, she works with a lot of societies that promote Women Empowerment through various events by being their official emcee and has the rare caliber to add a flavor of her rich and invigorating international experience to each event that she becomes a part of.

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She was recently awarded ‘Delhi’s Best Anchor for 2017’ at Magicka Women Entrepreneur Angel Awards .

Some shows to her credit are: Iconic Awards 2017, Charismatic Delhi 2017, Magicka Angel Awards, Dine with Delegates-Italy and India, Style Divas by Tia Jewels, Heart and Soul Women Rising Awards, the launch of a luxury brand’s magazine called The Red Velvet Column etc.

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My fashion motto?
Fashion can be created and recreated. Blend it with GRACE!
 
3 words to describe my sense of style?
Elegant, Simple and Sensible!
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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
Black jeggings (unlimited) / Zara Tees (Unlimited) / Spaghettis (All possible colors)/ Jackets / Comfortable, yet attractive night wear 
My favourite style influencers?
Kim Kardashian, Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor
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You wouldn’t catch me wearing? 
Any accessories. I can be called a ‘Zero Accessory’ Girl!
 
My favorite party attire?
Business Suits! I like to keep it formal!
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Who should everyone be following right now?
I think one must follow oneself! Our instincts help us to decide the Best!
 
 The first thing I notice about people?
Diction, I am helpless as that comes to me very naturally, the sense to judge people on their choice of words!
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My style secret?
Wear a Smile and a great personality! That helps to impress! Also, dress to the occasion without a fail! 
 
The best fashion advice I have ever received?
Less is More!
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If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is?
The Naughty Nineties inspired by the Late Victorian Era – Tailor made suits are just wow from that era!
 

Trendsetter of the Week

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Name: Manya Pathak

An Engineer and MBA from SIBM Pune, Manya has worked with many big corporates like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, Vodafone to name a few. She left the corporate world behind to start her entrepreneurial journey along with her husband who is an MBA graduate from IIM Calcutta and who is one of the owners of the successfully running Ministry of Beer chain of restaurants.

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Regania Banquet is a place where you celebrate happiness and caters to all your hospitality needs impeccably. It boasts of a magnificent 22000 sqft of beautiful and serene property, in the heart of south Delhi. Regania Banquets symbolises elegance, sauve and grandeur and its essence of royale.

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My fashion motto?
Always wear Kohl and brighten your smile.

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3 words to describe my sense of style?
Classy, graceful and glamorous

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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
Hot pink top, little black dress, knee length boots, red leather jacket, black silk kurta

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My favourite style influencers?
Angelina jolie, Malaika Arora Khan and Sonam kapoor

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You wouldn’t catch me wearing?
Mustard yellow anything

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My favorite party attire?
Off shoulder dress/Gown

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My favorite work attire?
White blazer and skinny pants

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Brands I love?
AND by Anita Dongre, Micheal Korrs

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My go to must have accessory?
For Indian – Chandbali, for western – grey pearl earrings

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I would not leave my home without?
Kohl in my eyes

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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 : Ruchi Yadav

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A mother to 2 beautiful kids, a Dentist by education but her passion for fashion and makeup has led her to become a blogger and entrepreneur.

“My label ‘Abaani’ which means earth, shows my love for Indian textile and fabrics. Here we use beautiful Indian textiles to make trendy outfits. I also blog at KHOOBSOORAT.”

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Ruchi works for an NGO where she helps educate and rehabilitate visually impaired children. She is currently in the process of starting her own beauty pageant by early next year.

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My fashion motto?

Style is a reflection of your personality. Be the best version of yourself and be Comfortable in your skin.

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Three words that describe my sense of style?

Classic, chic with a ‘boho’ streak.

My 5 essentials wardrobe elements?

Well fitted denims, white/black top, Classic Black dress, straight cut jackets/ shrugs, a maxi dress in free flowing fabric.

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My favourite style influencers?

Sonam Kapoor, Kim Kardashian.

You wouldn’t catch me wearing?

Shoulder pads, leather pants & loud busy prints.

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My favourite party attire?

A lace shift dress for a laid back brunch with friends, long gowns in solid colours (without embellishments) for evening wear. A Saree/ lehenga for festivities.

My favourite work attire?

A pastel shirt with a pencil skirt in black/ navy/ grey.
Or crisp cotton kurtas with palazzo/ churidars

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An Indian brand to die for?

Tarun Tahiliani – for luxury couture Sarees

AND – for beautiful tops in white.

I also shop a lot from quaint Indian boutiques in Hauz khas which have beautiful stuff

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International brand I adore?

I love Diane Von Furstenberg. Her dresses are to die for.

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A fashion blunder you have committed in past?

Wearing those huge ‘puff’ sleeves which were in vogue that time. I wonder who created them.. they looked atrocious.

My go- to must have Accessory?

It has to be my diamond studded Omega Constellation watch. It looks great with almost everything.

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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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